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Environment

Sustainability as corporate culture.

For more than 50 years now, we have been developing innovative products that improve the quality of life for people across the globe. We are convinced that the successful history of BSH is in large part the result of how we act responsibly toward society and our planet.

Our energy-efficient appliances contribute specifically to continuously decreasing energy consumption and cost savings in the home, and to a reduction in CO2 emissions. This is as good for our customers’ wallets as it is for the environment.

To protect the finite resources of our planet we are also driving forward decoupling growth and resource consumption. We constantly look for new solutions to reduce the ecological impact of our products and processes in production to a minimum. That is what we define as sustainability. In this context, our first resource efficiency program, in which we were able to reduce specific resource consumption in production, logistics and administration by 25 percent, ran from 2010 to 2015. BSH was already recognized for these efforts by the German Energy Agency (dena) in 2014 with the “Energy Efficiency Award”. Our “Resource Efficiency 2025” program followed on from that and has been running since 2016. Its aim is to save a further 20 percent by 2025 compared to 2015.

Less is more – BSH resource efficiency program.

Decoupling growth and resource consumption – we have set ourselves this goal so that we can contribute to sustainable development. As part of the "Resource efficiency 2015" Group project first launched in 2010, BSH already implemented a host of measures by the end of 2015 to enable it to act in a more efficient and more sustainable manner. BSH was recognized for these efforts by the German Energy Agency (dena) in 2014 with the "Energy Efficiency Award". The successful program is being continued – by 2025 we want to reduce our energy consumption by a further 20 percent.

Facts and Figures.

  • 20

    Less Specific Consumption

    targeted savings for energy- and water-consumption by 2025.

  • 25 million kWh

    Savings for Energy Consumption

    energy saved through energy efficiency in production between 2015 and 2017.

  • 40000 tons

    Saved in CO2 Emissions

    lower CO2 emissions between 2015 and 2017. Of which 13,000 t were saved through photovoltaics and 3,300 t through biomass/district heating.

  • 1.6

    CO2 Footprint Improvement

    savings for specific emissions in production between 2015 and 2017.

With regard to the economical use of materials in manufacturing as well as energy in production and during the usage phase of home appliances, we have been the industry leader for years.

In addition, we are continuously expanding our stock of renewable energy sources. Positive experiences in this area can be seen, among others, in the use of solar panels on the roofs of buildings in China, Germany and the United States. A biomass heating plant has also already been supplying heat and electricity at the Traunreut site in Germany for many years.

In logistics as well, we are continuing to work on innovative solutions to systematically cut CO2 emissions. To achieve this, we need motivated employees who regard environmental protection not merely as a task, but as a mission.

Certifications for production and environmental protection.

BSH's globally established environmental management stands for efficient and environmentally-compatible production methods. It is also the foundation for the safety and health of our employees, and the commitment to quality of our brands. "An integrated product policy and consistent product responsibility mean that only manufacturers who consider production and usage aspects right from the development stage, and about disposal during the purchasing process can vouch for the overall quality and environmental compatibility of their products." BSH practices this principle by taking full account of all product-related aspects and life cycle phases during the development of its products. A design change, for example, must not give rise to any additional environmental impact during manufacture. Regular certification of development and production processes according to ISO 14001 (environmental protection) and ISO 50001 (energy) contributes to the good reputation of the company and the products among customers, suppliers and the general public.

Sites certified according to ISO 14001 / 50001

All BSH factories are certified according to the international ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. All production sites in the European Union and our site in Turkey were already certified in accordance with the ISO 50001 standard.

  • We are working continuously to improve our environmental performance and energy efficiency, by reducing the energy and water consumption and the use of resources during the entire life-cycle of our appliances and our properties.
  • We are committed to fulfil our compliance obligations.
  • We will take all necessary measures to prevent environmental damage and waste of energy.
  • We ensure by appropriate environmental and energy management that our policy is effectively implemented. The necessary financial and structural conditions are ensured under economic aspects of the company.
  • Acting in an environment-friendly and energy-conscious manner is one of the tasks of all employees. The managers promote environmental awareness at all levels.
  • We expect our contractual partners to act in accordance with equivalent environmental and energy guidelines.
  • We work together cooperatively with the competent authorities.
  • We inform the public about the activities and impacts of the company and our environmental and energy-related services. We give our customers notes to the environmentally sound use of our products.
  • Through regular audits, we check how our technical and organizational procedures affect the environment and the energy consumption. The audits aim to continuously develop and improve these procedures.

Design for environment.

We develop and manufacture our products in a way that ensures they are safe, environmentally friendly and economical. Our products do not endanger the health and safety of people, and they consciously minimize the environmental impact during the entire life cycle, including recycling and disposal.

To achieve this goal, we consciously avoid critical substances in new products and exclude hazardous substances from our supply chain.

The environmental compatibility of products is an important aspect throughout the entire product life cycle. This also applies to minimizing the follow-on costs when disposing of old appliances. The local BSH sales organizations adhere strictly to the applicable legal requirements in this respect.

Our life cycle observations clearly indicate that environmental impact is higher during the usage phase than in the other phases of a product life cycle due to energy, water and detergent consumption. That's why BSH gives top priority to developing energy-efficient and water-conserving appliances.

BSH observes legal obligations in relation to substance restrictions. It also makes sure that specific hazardous substances classed as harmful to health and the environment, and hence undesirable in home appliances, are avoided – even if no statutory substance restrictions are in force. The basic prerequisite for recycling management is that only clean materials are used – materials without critical additives or heavy metals. In terms of product design, BSH is therefore breaking new ground to close the material cycle and protect important and valuable resources for further use. Furthermore, BSH promotes environmentally-compatible recycling technology through standardization. The aim is to exclude hazardous substances and recover valuable materials from old appliances.

Recycled plastic materials and bio-based materials do not yet have the same technical properties as the new plastic products currently in use. Nevertheless, BSH is examining possible applications of recycled and bio-based materials in various pre-development projects in the product divisions and assessing them in terms of costs and competitive advantages. The aim is to be able to replace crude oil-based plastics in the long term.

Lifecycle-analysis

Information on critical substances (REACH).

BSH is conscious of its responsibility to the environment and society – a responsibility that is enshrined in the company's Corporate Principles.

The aim of BSH's environmental policy has always been to fully eliminate especially critical substances in the supply chain as quickly as possible as a precautionary measure. To address this issue, we do our own research and work closely and regularly with suppliers. Suppliers are obligated under Article 33 of the REACH Regulation to provide information concerning substances of very high concern in their products, which are listed in the candidate list and are contained in a concentration of more than 0.1% by weight in the products.

We were thus able to ensure that according to the best of our knowledge that we no longer use critical substances in our products.

Substances with notification duties:

  • 1,2-dimethoxyethane (EGDME), CAS No. 110-71-4, in Lithium button cells: in personal and analytical scales, in the filter change indicator of Tassimo capsule machines, in the wireless sensor for induction cooktops.
  • 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE), CAS No. 15571-58-1, 4,4‘-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A), CAS-No. 80-05-7, and Lead titanium zirconium oxide, CAS-No. 12626-81-2, in following wine storage cabinets: RW404261, RW404761, RW402261, RW424260.

When appliances are used as intended and properly disposed of, their inherent substances do not pose a risk to health and the environment.

Additional substances on the candidate list that are subject to the disclosure requirement are not contained in our home appliances, spare parts and the respective product packaging.

(Information for consumers under REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006; Munich, September 2017; link to candidate list: https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table) )

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